As the political debacle around Brexit continues to unravel, with ministers resigning and abandoning the EU exit strategy, it makes me wonder if housing is being prioritised or sidelined.

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Whatever the outcome of Brexit, ordinary people still desperately need homes in which to live and our construction industry needs the capacity to deliver these much-needed homes. 

We now welcome Kit Malthouse as the latest housing minister, replacing Dominic Raab, who did not have the time or the opportunity to make any real changes or to bring a clarity of vision to the housing sector. The fact that Malthouse will be the eighth person to take on this role in the past eight years tells its own story.

Amid all this frustrating chopping and changing, the same questions remain: how do we deliver more affordable homes, how do we improve an outdated planning system and what else can be done to speed up housing delivery?

Housing ministers succession chart

There have now been 12 housing ministers in the past 13 years

 Delivering social and affordable homes presents the industry with a different kind of responsibility – one focused on local communities – and it involves defying uncertainty by building long-term partnerships to ensure the homes we need in the UK get delivered. This means working with local authorities and housing associations to create real social value at the periphery of whatever else is happening in politics.

This merry-go-round of ministers in key positions only adds to political and economic uncertainty. In the midst of this ongoing Brexit crisis, political figures must keep an eye on how they can best support these public-private commitments to ensure the delivery of homes at reasonable prices.

Martin Bellinger, executive chairman, Guildmore